Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, is the first line of defense against hunger in Tennessee. It provides low-income families with the financial support needed to put food on the table. Eligibility for this program is based on household income and size, and participants are required to show proof. To enroll in the program or manage your case, click here, or check out our step-by-step video designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Do you need help buying groceries? You might be eligible. Learn more about the program and how to apply below.
Why is it important?
SNAP allows families to shop for foods, in the grocery store, that fit their dietary needs and cultural preferences. It is the most effective anti-hunger program in the country. Over 40% of participants are children, and most adult participants that can work, do work. You can enroll and manage your case without ever having to leave your home. Access the SNAP application at the Tennessee Department of Human Services (T-DHS) website: here.
Need help completing the application? Watch TJC’s SNAP Application “How To” video here.
PROGRAM CHANGES TO KNOW ABOUT
- DHS workers are available to interview participants by appointment. Call the Family Assistance Line at 1-866-311-4287 to schedule or reschedule an appointment. For specific questions about a case, call the family assistance line or click here to contact your county office.
- The federal public health emergency (FPHE) has been extended through January 2023. This means that certain SNAP waivers will be extended as well.
- Time limits and work requirements for all SNAP participants will be waived through the end of the FPHE.
- College student eligibility can be expanded to students who have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 for the current academic year or are eligible to participate in a federal work study through the end of the FPHE.
APPEALING A SNAP DECISION
PANDEMIC EBT (P-EBT)
Families of children who receive free or reduced price school meals or attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools may be eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to help alleviate the cost of missed school meals because of COVID-19. P-EBT has been extended through September 2022 and families with children who are participating in remote learning or attend schools that have had to close due to COVID-19 outbreak may be eligible for P-EBT. Find more details here.
For updates from TJC about P-EBT, sign up for our P-EBT alerts here.
Join our SNAP Access group to stay up to date on TN SNAP current issues, best practices, and policy changes: Contact Anna Luttrell firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in hearing about how to integrate Food Assistance Programs like SNAP and WIC into your college’s anti-hunger initiatives, join our College Hunger Calls! All upcoming TJC-hosted events like these are on our Events and Trainings pages.
HELP FIGHT HUNGER IN TN
Your donation helps us to end hunger in Tennessee by connecting thousands of children, seniors, and veterans to lifesaving food assistance programs.
- USDA SNAP Waivers for Tennessee: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19/tennessee#snap
- SNAP Pandemic Planning Guidelines: https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/media/file/SNAP-Pandemic-Planning.pdf
- FRAC COVID-19 updates: https://frac.org/covid-19-updates
- Apply for SNAP on-line or by phone: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/news/2020/3/16/victims-of-the-march-third-tornadoes-have-an-easier-option-to-apply-for-assistance.html
SNAP OUTREACH PARTNERS
TN Commission on Aging/Disability: Lacey Aviles, Aging Nutrition Coordinator
Contact: 615-253-4161 | Lacey.email@example.com
Second Harvest Middle TN: Kate Pearce, SNAP Coordinator
Contact: 615-782-2071 | Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Harvest Northeast TN: Alecia Holder, SNAP Outreach Coordinator
Contact: 423-279-0430 ext.216 | email@example.com
West TN Legal Services: Beth Bates, SNAP Project Director
Contact: 731-426-1313 | Beth@wtls.org
Chattanooga Food Bank: Letisia Garcia-Sanchez, SNAP Outreach Coordinator
Contact: 706-330-4562 | Lsanchez@chattfoodbank.org
Knoxville-Knox County CAC: Alice Allen, SNAP Coordinator
Contact: 865-524-2786 | Alice.firstname.lastname@example.org
MidSouth Food Bank (Memphis): Niketah Brooks, SNAP Coordinator
Contact: 901-527–0841 | email@example.com
Univ. Of Memphis: Alison Brown, Student Outreach & Support
Contact: 901-678-3594 | Mbrown37@memphis.edu
United Way Metro Nashville: Tracey Dill, Director of Community Impact
Contact: 615-780-2461 or Dial 2-1-1 | Tracey.firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Charities of West Tennessee: Shamika Hodges, Campus Manager
Contact: 901-722-4733 l email@example.com